Curfew (First Written On October 21, 2010)

A PSA is a Public Service Announcement made by a media outlet such as a television or radio station. Historically PSAs where sometimes voluntary and sometimes (FCC) mandatory depending on time and place. Growing up I recall a black screen bulletin on television stating:

“It’s 10 O’clock. Do you City of Milwaukee parents know where your children are?”

It was chilly this morning as it was typical October weather and just the thought “it’s October” brought forth a memory from a long time ago. There was a dust-up over curfew back then, and I suppose it was an offshoot of the Civil Rights Movement wherein some lawyers claimed Milwaukee’s juvenile curfew was an unconstitutional infringement of children’s rights.

Coming in from outdoors, I said to my son, “It’s October. Do you City of Milwaukee children know where your parents are?”

He said “I don’t get it.”

I said “Oh. That’s just something from the Seventies.”

Then he laughed.

It was just a snarky remark I’d picked up somewhere, way back when. It could have been from a bumper sticker or a T-shirt.

I keep telling him there’s a reason they call the Seventies “The Lost Decade”.

FYI: Most shooting victims are killed just after midnight Sunday morning. So if you would “live long and prosper” it’s always best to go to bed with the chickens.

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About The Twentieth Man

Age 67
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